Gong Li Joining Wong Kar-Wai's 一代宗师 (The Great Master)?

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Gong Li Joining Wong Kar-Wai's 一代宗师 (The Great Master)?
Bit of the good ole Chinese-style publicity stunt today on Chinese news portals, with more casting news concerning Wong Kar-Wai's upcoming Yip Man biopic 一代宗师 (The Great Master). It's not the news most everyone was waiting for - a confirmation on the Brigitte Lin issue, or lack thereof - but I guess it's good enough: the new name which is emerging is Gong Li, who would join forces with Wong for the first time since Eros. Local media reports indicated yesterday that Gong would play the head matron of a martial arts clan, but her management played coy, saying that they haven't received any offer, although - and here's the key - they're on good terms with Wong Kar-Wai, so they'd certainly be open to the idea of participating in the film. They say any final announcement will come from Wong's side, so it's probably a matter of time before ink is spilled. Then again, Wong's casting choices are always pretty volatile, so you never know.

Should this be confirmed, we'd have a preliminary lineup made of Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Zhang Zhen and Zhao Benshan, not exactly a shabby cast. Gong and Zhang worked together in Memoirs of a Geisha and 2046, so this would mark their third collabo. As we previously reported, the film will start shooting next week in Kaiping and continue until April, for a release which is slated for... uh, with Wong Kar-Wai at the helm, I'm not touching any speculation with a ten foot pole.

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StanDecember 8, 2009 9:51 AM

You guess it's good enough???? It's fantastic!. Lin got old and and kinda ratty looking, Gong Li is eternally beauitiful and is a fantastic actress.
war kai wai apprached her early, early on I read. This is a departure for Li.

mrhibbertDecember 8, 2009 8:44 PM

But she only recently said she'd never work with WKW again?

StanDecember 9, 2009 9:56 AM

That was after 2046. They made up and did Eros "the Hand"
Now this I guess

JeffreyDecember 9, 2009 12:15 PM

Stan: You've got it the wrong way round.
WKW worked with Gong Li on "The Hand" when filming on "2046" was put on hold due to the SARS outbreak.
He then invited her to appear in "2046".

mrhibbertDecember 10, 2009 1:19 PM

Yeah, seriously doubt this is happening. Apparently her people are saying she hasn't been contacted and again, that recent interview she seems to slate Wong Kar-Wai's style of filmmaking to a ridiculous degree (worked out from bad translations).

I wouldn't bet on this by any stretch. Probably for the best.

StanDecember 11, 2009 10:58 AM

There are now saying WKW wanted her but she turned down the role . As did Lin. No idea what's going on.

by mrhibbert, Gong Li and WKW have made up .She did dubbing in the Mandarin version Of Blueberry nights a couple yrs ago., Rachel Weizs part, at his request.